Calls by campaigners and patient groups to approve the provision of a drug which they maintain would benefit children with a rare muscle-wasting condition have been rejected by the HSE. Image:iStock.

Health body says providing Spinraza would cost some €600,000 per patient in first year

The Labour Court said  Saturday working for Bus Éireann drivers   should be “as required by customer and timetable requirements” but that the company should roster work in each of its depots in a fair and equitable manner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Staff to receive 2.5% increases in 2020 and 2021 under new proposals

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly put forward the amendment.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee backs changes to Government plans in vote on Wednesday

The Government last autumn appointed Ciarán Devane, chief executive of the British Council, to chair the HSE board.

Health committee backs proposals for people with clinical expertise to serve on board

Pfizer  accepted a request by the Workplace Relations Commission not to take any immediate action in relation to pension changes for some 900 workers. Photograph: iStock

Siptu last week deferred industrial action at pharma firm in anticipation of discussions

The public service pay agreement is ‘compromised’ but still standing after the Government’s acceptance of proposals to resolve the recent nurses’ dispute, the trade union Siptu has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Union warns of potential strikes if its members not treated the same as INMO

The INMO’s executive has recommended that members should support the proposed new agreement in a forthcoming ballot.

Talks continue on new deal to address pay and staffing issues

The National Ambulance Service received 259 calls on Friday between 7am and noon, with five of these responded to by the Department of Defence, the HSE said. File photograph: Alan Betson

Army provided ambulances and crews to assist HSE during stoppage

Patricia King of Ictu says a pension ‘is one of the things that marks out decent employers from those who wish to exploit ordinary working people’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Workers to stage 12 hour stoppage on Monday in dispute over pensions

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha: “These proposals make important strides for safe staffing, pay parity, and achieving respect for our professions.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public service unions expected to await details of new contract nurses agree with State

Ambulance personnel striking on January 22nd at the ambulance service facility on the Davitt Road, Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Army is providing ambulances and crews during 10-hour stoppage

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha told union members in a note on its website that the details of the recommendation were complex and required some further clarification and negotiation. Above,  addressing Nurses and Midwives at Merrion Square during a city centre protest on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Government not to impose financial penalties on nurses for going on strike

The executive of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will meet on Wednesday and, assuming it approves the proposals, these are expected to be put to a ballot of members. Above, a Dublin city centre protest on nurses’  pay and staffing levels on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Average extra payment is about €1,200 with slightly more for nurses at start of career

Phil Ni Sheaghdha INMO general secretary at a hearing in relation to the nurses dispute over pay and recruitment at the Labour Court, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Public service groups study implications of Labour Court recommendation in nurses’ dispute

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Finance  Paschal  Donohoe speaking to the media at Government Buildings on Monday night. Photograph: Tom Honan

Fears that pay increases for nurses may threaten wider public sector pay agreement

Supporters of a nurses and midwives protest at Merrion Square on Saturday linked to the now suspended nationwide strike. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fórsa poised to scrutinise Labour Court implications for other civil and public servants

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Facility at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown will open this summer, authorities say

Nurses and members of the INMO on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

A move to enhanced scale involves a salary increase of €2,439 for some nurses

Minister for Health Simon Harris is due to apologise for not providing fuller information about the cost escalation at the national children’s hospital when he was asked about it last September.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Harris due to apologise for not providing fuller information about cost escalation

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: instead of responding to the letter, it was agreed the issues referred to would be addressed in the estimates process. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister requested re-profiling of health capital allocation to address capital shortfall

While members of the INMO have staged three days of work stoppages over the last couple of weeks, Tuesday will be the first time  psychiatric nurses will take to picket lines

Labour Court spent the weekend in exploratory talks with the parties involved

Nurses and midwives march from Parnell Square to Merrion Square during a Dublin protest on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

INMO says Labour Court discussions are at exploratory stage

People attend a rally in support of striking nurses in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Psychiatric Nurses Association and INMO attending talks on Saturday in bid to avert further strikes

The Psychiatric Nurses Association has announced further strike action. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Labour Court talks between INMO and health managers to continue on Saturday

INMO’s Phil Ní Sheaghdha with Nurses and Midwives at the entrance to the Coombe hospital.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

INMO and management attend meeting in attempt to avert three days of action

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he has “total confidence” in Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘I have every confidence in Mr Harris but am not going to pre-empt what he says in Dáil’

HSE’s chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry “appointments are being ‘pushed out’ further”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government sources say Labour Court may intervene in nurses’ dispute on Friday

Work continues at the site of the new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Timeline: Project had an overrun of €61m five months after getting the green light

A spokeswoman for the Minister said he is maintaining his position that he only became aware of the final figures in November. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s hospital: Minister for health warned in 2017 of increases in capital cost

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he would bring a memo next week on procurement and on allocations for the Government’s capital plan. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Concerns raised at Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting at overspend on the new hospital

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation picketing outside St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Industrial unrest in the health sector escalates as ambulance staff announce action

Dr Gareth Linehan from Michelstown,  and his daughter Grace (2) at the NAGP protest. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘We are looking at the last generation of GPs in Ireland’ – doctors call for Fempi reversal

Ambulance staff stage a work stoppage last month at the ambulance facility on Davitt Road, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dispute centres on right of workers to representation by their trade union of choice

St Ita’s hospital in Portrane, Co Dublin. The PNA said difficulties were experienced there due to the extended overtime ban. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There are concerns the situation will worsen due to 24-hour overtime ban by psychiatric nurses

Hundreds of GPs are due to gather outside the gates of the Dáil on Molesworth Street.

NAGP claim general practice is being ‘destroyed’ because of cuts

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he became aware of potential overruns at the National Children’s Hospital in August 2018. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minutes of steering group meetings are likely to intensify pressure on Minister for Health

Nurses take part in their second day of industrial action over pay and conditions at Naas General Hospital, in Co Kildare, on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Strike affecting 50,000 a day as HSE indicates not all cancer operations were exempted from stoppage

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation   insists the Government has to address nurses’ salaries to resolve the dispute. Photograph: Getty Images

Up to 50,000 will be affected by next nurses’ strike on Thursday, and the Psychiatric Nurses Association is due to extend its over(...)

INMO Strike: Nurses take to the picket line outside St James’ Hospital in Dublin Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

About 50,000 people have their medical appointments cancelled today

Nurses on the picket line at St Vincent’s hospital, Merrion Road, Dublin, last Wednesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Nursing unions reject Government proposals for talks on staff issues but not on pay

The Irish Medical Organisation is engaged in intensive talks with health service management which are “difficult and challenging”.

Doctor union warns financial emergency legislation measures must be reversed

Nurses pictured on the picket line outside St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin last Wednesday as part of a dispute over pay. Photograph: Collins

INMO says proposal ‘most cynical move’; PNA says talks that did not address pay would be of ‘no benefit’

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Minister says he will act on any recommendations of report into escalating costs of new facility

An artist’s impressions of proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital campus.

Review of spiralling cost of new hospital will not ‘determine individual culpability’

Nurses on the picket line at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin this week. Photograph: Collins

Stoppage on Tuesday likely to affect more people than strike earlier this week

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell raised concern on Thursday about why a senior official in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, who was also a prominent member of the hospital’s development board, did not raise concerns about the escalating costs. Photograph: Eric Luke

Cost of children’s hospital could exceed €2bn, ‘which would make it the most expensive hospital in the world’

Nurses on the picket line at St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Inpatient and day cases for next Tuesday and Thursday to be rescheduled

Siptu said there would be an indefinite overtime ban from February 16th in Pfizer’s plants in Ringaskiddy and Little Island in Cork. Photograph:  Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Siptu staff plan two 24-hour walkouts and indefinite overtime ban

Peter Hughes, general secretary of the PNA, said overtime is voluntary and therefore cannot be construed as industrial action. The issue can be resolved, and there should be no penalty on staff who take part in the ban, he said. Photograph: Getty Images

In-patient and day cases for next Tuesday and Thursday to be rescheduled

The Psychiatric Nurses’ Association says  given the shortage of staff there would be insufficient nursing personnel to operate all services when the overtime ban was introduced.

PNA says where full complement of staff not available the union’s members will not work

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the Government wanted to find a resolution and suggested that ultimately unions and management may find themselves once again back at the Labour Court Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Harris insists Government cannot offer any increases outside public service deal

Nurses on the picket line at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Government to hold firm against general pay rise following first 24-hour action

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he wanted to find a resolution to the strike and did not want to be upping the ante by talking about financial sanctions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government will ‘legally consider’ issue of sanctions for INMO members in coming days

 Phil Ní Sheaghdha (centre), general secretary of the INMO, speaks to the media outside Dublin’s Connolly hospital during the nurses strike. Ms Ní Sheaghdha said nurses have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the public support Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

INMO reject Government claims that meeting demands will cost €300 million

The Labour Court on Tuesday decided not to intervene formally in the dispute. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

INMO says Government tabled no realistic proposals to avert strike

Nurse’s strike outside Connolly Hospital in Dublin on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Conceding pay claim would ‘completely undermine’ budget – Government

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation protesting outside Leinster House in the past. File photograph: Eric Luke

Planned strike by 40,000 nurses will lead to widespread disruption

The HSE’s chief clinical officer warned there would be “reduced levels of care” in emergency departments and hospitals on Wednesday. Dr Colm Henry  said even if the strike was called off it would not be a case of normal service resuming. Photograph: Getty Images

Labour Court: Attempts to stop what is expected to be widespread disruption continue

Ambulance staff stage a work stoppage last week at the ambulance facility on Davitt Road, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ongoing dispute with HSE centres around trade union representation rights

Nurses are due to hold a national one-hour work stoppage this Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

INMO to attend hearing this afternoon but preparations for 24-hour strike will continue

The planned strike by INMO members on Wednesday, January 30th, will be the first in a series of six scheduled work stoppages in the coming weeks as part of an on-going dispute over pay and staffing issues Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation appeal to Taoiseach to help call off stoppages

ASTI picket at Monkstown Park College in 2016. File photograph: Eric Luke

ASTI says it wants to hold strike ballot in parallel with INTO

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation protesting  outside Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke

Health executive expresses concerns over the scale of the planned INMO work stoppage

Stoppage over pay and nurse recruitment and retention issues  looks set to take place after talks between nursing unions and public service management ended without agreement on Friday evening. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Work stoppage seems set to take place on Wednesday after talks break down

 Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha, with INMO president Martina Harkin-Kelly at the talks at the Workplace Relations Commission, Ballsbridge, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

INMO general secretary calls on Taoiseach to intervene to avert 24-hour work stoppage

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, general secretary of the INMO with Martina Harkin-Kelly, president of the INMO at talks in the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

INMO and PNA meeting public sector managers in attempt to avert strikes and ban

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said her union was open to explore all avenues that would avert a planned strike next week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Talks aimed at averting planned stoppage by nurses to resume on Thursday

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said ‘we need real engagement by the Government’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Talks at Workplace Relations Commission in bid to avert strike adjourn until Thursday

Ambulance  staff  at the ambulance  facility on Davitt Road, Dublin, during their  work stoppage on Tuesday  in their dispute over trade union representation rights. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

INMO says forthcoming industrial action will be ‘a real strike’

Some of the ambulance staff from the Psychiatric Nurses Association  picketing outside an ambulance station on Dublin’s Davitt Road in a dispute over union recognition. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach insists employer is not obliged to recognise a particular trade union

 Strikers at the ambulance service facility on the Davitt Road, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Psychiatric Nurses Association calls on Minister for Health to intervene in dispute

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Photograph: Alan Betson

INMO claims there appears to be ‘no intent’ among health managers to resolve pay dispute

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, which is currently projected to cost €1.43bn. Photograph: Eric Luke

Public expenditure secretary claims health counterpart should answer Oireachtas questions

The patient, believed to be a child, was transferred to Dublin from Cork by another ambulance crew. File photograph: The Irish Times

Cork crew nearing end of 12-hour shift and unwilling to transport patient to Dublin

Psychiatric Nurses Association has announced that its members will strike on three days next month and not be available for overtime on five days in the coming weeks. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Talks with group overseeing public service agreement underway

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation general secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha (centre), with members. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Teacher unions unhappy with Government proposals that address lower pay rates for staff recruited after 2011

The Communication Workers’ Union has been informed by its Dublin postal drivers’ branch that it is to pull out of the organisation. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

CWU tells drivers they would be leaving sole negotiating body for most of An Post staff

14/09/2013 - FEATURES MAGAZINE - 01.46am An Ambulance arrives bringing a patient to Medical staff working in the A&E Accident and Emergency Department of St. James’s Hospital Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES  AMBULANCE ... STOCK..... FILE...

Union urges Minister for Health to intervene to try to avert planned work stoppage

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar faced criticism in the Dáil over costs of the new national children’s hospital escalating to a potential €1.7 billion. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leo Varadkar reminds St James’s site will ‘totally transform quality of paediatric care’

INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghda said preparation for industrial action would continue. Photograph: Collins

Psychiatric nurses said new proposals would use savings to fund pay parity with other professional groups

Artist’s impressions  of proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital campus.

Consultants PwC expected to carry out new Government review of cost increases

Plan will involve a  programme aimed at increasing prevention, surveillance and control of the spread of CPE

Minister warns CPE bug will have serious impact on health service if not contained

Theresa May: more likely that parliament would insist on a second referendum.   Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Senior health service officials concerned about access to some 45 key drugs

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association  says up to 70%  of medicines on the Irish market come from or transit through the UK. Photograph: Getty Images

Government told it will need to make plans for foodstuffs for those who have specialised diets and rely on products from the UK

Members of the INMO and the Psychiatric Nurses Association are scheduled to stage a series of strikes in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Frank Miller

Union says money is not the cause of unrest but it is the way to increase recruitment

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation announcing their planned strikes in Dublin earlier this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Move suggests meeting on Tuesday not likely to involve direct negotiations on pay issues

Senior Government figures remain adamant  they will not concede to the nurses’ demands, citing the upfront cost and the belief it would spell the end of the public sector pay agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

Psychiatric nurses’ union says it will join wave of strikes by nurses next month

The  Psychiatric Nurses Association has announced that its members will strike on three days next month and not be available for overtime on five days in the coming weeks. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

PNA says staff recruitment and retention issues need to be addressed urgently

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stands for the national anthem during his official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Taoiseach says weekend strike would have affected far fewer patients

The Department of Public Expenditure has   insisted the health service is able to recruit and retain nurses and midwives

INMO announces six days of work stoppages in January and February over pay issues

  INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha: Nurses argue   that there is provision in the existing public service agreement to allow the Government to provide them with additional money. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Government knows any pay deal would lead to knock-on demands by other staff

The decision to strike comes following an overwhelming vote in favour of strike action by its members before Christmas in support of their pay claim. File image: Bryan O’Brien

Further five dates for strike action in February planned if dispute over pay not resolved

A former deputy chief executive of the Nurses and Midwifery Board of Ireland is taking a case for constructive dismissal against the body. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Deirdre Hogan says she was whistleblower who later had to resign from Nursing and Midwifery Board

There are more than 580 patients requiring admission to hospital waiting on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards for a bed on Tuesday

Cork, Letterkenny and Limerick hospitals worst affected as Harris says flu is a factor

  Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation protesting over conditions of employment outside Leinster House two years ago. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Nursing union to announce plan for series of 24-hour strikes over pay

Anti-abortion protesters outside the gates of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on Monday. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

‘Democracy is a very useful tool but it cannot dictate right and wrong,’ says activist

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would defend and protect the confidentiality of patients. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Harris says any leak of information regarding a patient’s care would be very serious

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said  there were 392 patients in need of admission  waiting in emergency departments and 149 in wards on Monday. File image: Bryan O’Brien

Number of patients on trolleys on Monday rises to 541 as swine flu numbers rise

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said acceding to the nurses’ pay demands would “take us back to the bad old days of unsustainable and unaffordable pay rises”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance says acceding demands would ‘take us back to the bad old days’

INTO General Secretary, Sheila Nunan, said teachers  remain open to a constructive dialogue with Government on  financial inequalities facing newer entrants to the profession.

INTO will not yet ballot members on industrial action over pay issues

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